Friday, November 04, 2005

Resentment in Louisiana

Out-of-state workers have come to the Gulf region in large numbers to help with the clean-up and reconstruction, but they are not always welcome:

Louisianians, from high-level public officials to low-wage workers, have begun to complain about the influx of outsiders they perceive as having come to profit off their pain.

"People from other states, we appreciate their help," said Aubrey D. Cheatham, a union electrician from New Orleans who believes he lost a job to lower-paid workers from outside Louisiana. "But everybody else is getting work, not us..."

The focus on Hispanic immigrants worries people like Representative Nydia M. Velázquez of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee.

"I am afraid the anger and frustration of hurricane victims is going to be turned against undocumented workers, who are being taken advantage of," Ms. Velázquez said.

Louisiana has only a small Spanish-speaking population, which is concentrated in and around Kenner. New Orleans itself is 3.1 percent Hispanic, according to the latest census, and the state as a whole is just 2.4 percent, far less than the national average of 12.5 percent. Therefore many of the newcomers stand out.


Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

Kenner is not the issue...the issue is Orleans Parish. Jefferson Parish is fine. Kenner was damaged, yes...but the profiteering(sp) will come in when whole houses have to be rebuilt. I just posted today that St bernard Parish has four blgs that the Army Corps of Engineers says can still stand. That's 66K plus people without homes. The rest of this is just crap. I'm from New Orleans. Lations/Hispanics are not the issue - it's the sypathy peddelers like the person you quoted. The lady across the street from my parents is Cuban. Her boys and nephews are up and down the street helping everyone and I mean everyone with dry wall, paint, carpeting - and it's not even their own street! Don't worry about the Lations. They are not the issue - get the drift? Great Post!

11/04/2005 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowhere have I read the word. It might be even forbiden to say it. If that's the case, you can go ahead and erase the word or this post :) The horrible word I don't see anywhere is: carpetbaggers. What do you think about it?
I'm Miguel from México. Congratulations for your blog. Great contribution to the Spanish world (Y).

11/05/2005 6:43 AM  

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